After a two-week hiatus, The Vampire Diaries comes back in full force! Elena and Damon set off to ensure Jeremy’s safety in Denver and ensure that he can talk to Rose, the redundantly dead vampire. Stefan and Klaus take drastic measures to find the missing weapon that Evilaric hid, and Tyler reappears from the Appalachians. Read all about the exciting drama in this week’s episode after the jump.

The Players:

  • Director: Chris Grismer
  • Writers: Brian Young, Evan Bleiweiss
  • Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola, Steven R. McQueen, Michael Trevino, Matthew Davis, Zach Roerig, Claire Holt, Nathaniel Buzolic, Joseph Morgan, Lauren Cohan

Episode Title: “Heart of Darkness”

Stefan encourages Elena to go to Denver with Damon so that she can sort out her unresolved feelings with him, but his plan backfires when Elena and Damon share a passionate kiss. Jeremy is able to contact Rose on the other side to find out which Original vampire made her, only to discover that she was not made by an Original, but by Mary “Scary Mary” Porter. When Jeremy, Elena, and Damon visit Mary, they find she was already staked by Kol. Stefan beats the hell out of Alaric until Evilaric comes out and reveals that the last white oak stake is hidden in the cave in which no vampires can enter. Rebekah takes Evilaric to the cave to get the stake, at which point she unveils herself as Esther in disguise. Tyler comes back to visit Caroline and finds out Klaus has been courting her, cutting his visit short.

The Good:

  • Oh snap: There were several “oh-snap” moments that made the episode all the more exciting: Kol appears as Jeremy’s “friend” from school; Damon and Elena kiss; Esther takes over Rebekah’s body in a bid to kill all the Original vampires.
  • Damon: Damon was his usual sexy, mischievous self, sneaking in a copy of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” in the books Elena brings to Alaric; telling Jeremy he should have been suspicious of making a friend so fast; and of course, walking around without a shirt on.
  • Evilaric: The audience finally gets to see Alaric’s evil alter ego: Evilaric, and he’s just as sneaky and smarmy as you would expect.

The So-So:

  • Elena: Elena tries to work through her feelings for Damon by waiting to see if he will mess things up himself, because according to her, “that’s what he does, he sabotages things.” This is a pretty disturbing move, kind of the equivalent of acting poorly to your significant other so they’ll break up with you instead of you breaking up with them.
  • The Caroline/Tyler/Klaus storyline: There wasn’t much room for any more drama in this episode, leaving the Caroline/Tyler/Klaus plot to linger on the wayside. The writers easily could have saved Tyler’s return for the next episode.


This episode had tons of excitement, while still offering valid explanations for things, and moving along the Original bloodline plot. This episode was one of the most enjoyable episodes of The Vampire Diaries in a while. Let’s hope the writers keep up the good work.

Rating: 10/10

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8:00pm on the CW.

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